A suspected brain discovered on a beach in Wisconsin, a cloud castle spotted in China, and what may be the first-ever sign of alien life detected in the atmosphere of Venus were among the strange, unusual, and enlightening stories to cross our desk this past week.
The scientific community was electrified this past week with the blockbuster news that a potential sign of alien life was detected in the atmosphere of Venus. The tantalizing discovery centered around the chemical phosphine which is produced here on Earth by way of industrial activity and microorganisms. Since we know there are no factories on Venus, astronomers theorize that the mysterious gas may be the result of some kind of microbial creatures living in the Venusian atmosphere which is far less treacherous than the intensely hot surface of the planet. Although still largely theoretical and subject to future studies, the stunning news may someday be regarded in retrospect as the first discovery of life outside of the Earth.
If there's one thing we've learned covering the strange and unusual over the years, it's that Mother Nature can be something of a trickster as evidenced by a pair of wondrous stories this past week. First, in China, bewildered witnesses could not believe their eyes when they looked up at the sky and saw what appeared to be a cloud castle floating in the air. The remarkably distinct 'building,' which drew comparisons to Hogwarts of Harry Potter fame turned out to be an optical illusion known as fata morgana. Meanwhile, in Arkansas, a bizarre scaly object discovered in a field had some wondering if an alien egg had been found. Fortunately, the oddity was not the start of an ET invasion as it was later determined to be a natural geological formation known as a 'dragon stone.'
By far the most bizarre story of the week came by way of Wisconsin where a beachcomber stumbled upon a curious bundle of tinfoil that contained what authorities believe is a brain! The suspected organ was found by construction worker Jimmy Senda as he walked along the shore at Samuel Myers Park in the city of Racine. Although he initially thought the fleshy oddity was a chicken breast, a closer inspection led the aghast man to conclude that it was a brain. Authorities promptly confiscated the gruesome find and turned it over to the county medical examiner to determine what, exactly, it was. Where it may have come from is another unsettling mystery altogether with some suggesting that it could have been used in some kind of ritual.
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